News 15 may — 20:28

Gaza's wounded recall last year's deadly May 14 protests


Saleh Ashour lay silently on his bed, as sunlight coming through the nearby window touched his permanently closed eyes. Three friends sat beside him, as well as his parents, who spend almost every waking moment with him, Al Jazeera reports.

"All what I want is to see again," the 16-year-old said, wiping his eyelids with a tissue.

A year has passed since Salah lost his sight. On May 14 last year, he had made his way, along with tens of thousands of Palestinians, to the areas close to the Israeli fence to protest against the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The demonstration, which was organised by the Great March of Return movement, also called for the right of return for Palestinian refugees, a day before the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe", which takes place on May 15 and marks the forced displacement of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948.

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